Mechanical Drafters Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare mechanical drafters salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Mechanical Drafters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mechanical drafters is $83,360. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid mechanical drafters is $34,700.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.41% 7.49%
2.01% -
1.73% -
0.84% -
1.73% -
- -

Compare Mechanical Drafters Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of mechanical drafters in 79 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for mechanical drafters occupations is the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $83,670. The lowest paying industry is the veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing industry (annual salary $40,130). For detailed mechanical drafters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Household Appliance Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Forging and Stamping
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Machine Shops
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Wood Product Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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